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Introducing Chángshā

For 3000 years, this city flourished steadily on the Xiāng River’s banks as a centre of agriculture and intellect. In the 1920s, it was still so much as it always had been that British philosopher Bertrand Russell compared it to ‘a mediaeval town’, but not long after, the Sino–Japanese War and a massive fire in 1938 consumed virtually all of old Chángshā, leaving little of its early history. Chángshā today is known mainly for sights relating to a revolutionary by the name of Mao.